Building Community : Jonestown, Albemarle Square and the Legacy of Flag House Courts

Project (Studio)

Albemarle Square is located in historic Jonestown on the site of the former Flag House Courts high-rise public housing project and just blocks north of the new Harbor East development. Exeter Street and Lloyd Street, once closed off by development, have been reopened to traffic. Albemarle Square was developed with funds from the Housing Opportunities for Everyone (HOPE) VI program and is comprised of a mix of affordable rental and homeowner houses as well as market-rate houses (see Page 5). HOPE VI is a federal program that aims to replace extremely distressed public housing sites with housing designed for residents with a mix of incomes with the goal of reducing the segregation of low-income populations and providing community services to promote selfsufficiency. In 2003, a number of the former residents of Flag House Courts, along with new residents, began moving into the residences of Albemarle Square.


This report discusses the existing conditions of the area encompassing the residences of Albemarle Square, the goals behind HOPE VI and mixed-income housing, and the visions and concerns of Albemarle Square residents and nearby businesses and institutions. The key findings are presented along with recommendations for creating a sense of community among the new residents and with the established businesses and historic institutions in the surrounding Jonestown neighborhood.


Faculty Advisor: Sidney Brower

Jason Eversole
Kerri Sacchet
Jose Dory
David Cookson
Spring 2007